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    Monday, March 04, 2019
    Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels If you're like many restaurant owners who think a menu is just a list of the food that you serve, you're not alone, but you're also misguided. There's a prevailing thought that even permeates some of the best restaurants in the country that simply typing out your options for food and beverages and calling it a day will get the job done. You may not realize ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education
    Monday, February 04, 2019
    In football, it is the quarterback who drives each play. However, the quarterback also has to contend with the other team's defenders coming in to try to tackle him before he can make a play. It is his offensive linemen who hold off the defenders to give him the time he needs to find an open player down the field. Although your employees won't have defenders trying to tackle them (hopefully), ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic
    Monday, January 14, 2019
    Cameron Herold, also known as the CEO Whisperer, has lots to say about running meetings. Although many in the business world complain about meetings, Herold claims that it is not the meetings themselves that are so horrible, but rather the inexperience of those running them. He recommends following these tips for memorable, effective meetings. Create an Agenda This is the most important step. ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Community, Chamber
    Monday, December 17, 2018
    Photo Credit - Skitterphoto.comSpas are well-known for pampering their clients - and charging a premium for their services. Despite the high prices that come with massages, scrubs, and treatments, the world's leading spas have been able to turn a tidy profit by focusing on delivering exceptional customer service. Here's what your business can learn from these high-end service-orientated ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Business Blog, Community, Education
    Monday, December 10, 2018
    Why did you open the doors to your business? Today's business owners often say it's because they want to make a difference, fill a need, solve a problem, or support their community. There's little doubt that business ownership isn't just about making money; it's about making a difference. What role will your business play in supporting, molding, and developing our community? That's left up to ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education, General News Article
    Monday, December 03, 2018
    The Value of Trading Locally  I love living in a place where the people who I trade with on a daily basis will take time to understand my needs and have the expertise to help me.Not too long ago, I saw something online that sparked my creativity and gave me a great idea for a weekend project, but it was definitely not something I could buy off of a shelf. After doing more research, I headed to a ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Human Interest
    Monday, December 03, 2018
    Maybe you've heard the value of word-of-mouth advertising; according to Nielsen ratings, 92% of consumers trust their friends' and family's recommendation over traditional advertising. That doesn't mean you can simply sit back and assume that the quality of your product is so much better than your competition's that customers will be raving about it to their friends without any extra effort on ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Community, Chamber
    Monday, November 19, 2018
    David Aaker is well-known for his expertise in marketing and his ability to help businesses thrive and exceed their goals. His branding concepts, including identifying customer's interests and creating a community or story around those interests has made him an icon in the business world. In a constantly evolving marketplace, David Aaker's work can teach us to develop strong leadership in the ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Monday, November 12, 2018
    The talent shortage is affecting businesses across a variety of industries. As our world has moved firmly into the digital age, more and more businesses are looking to hire employees who have digital skills, including web design, digital marketing, social media and more. However, many businesses are finding that there just aren't enough job applicants who possess the required skills, resulting ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, November 12, 2018
    The Monroe County Movers and Shakers are excited to announce a new unified marketing and branding campaign for the community.  The group is requesting public input to help answer the question:  What makes Monroe County unique and special?  Interested residents are invited to complete the community-wide survey prior to Friday, December 21, 2018 by going online to:  ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Community
    Monday, October 08, 2018
    As the owner of a small-to-medium size business, chances are good that you already spend you time answering countless questions every single day from employees, suppliers, customers, and prospects. The issue here is this - how much time to you spend asking yourself questions about your business? According to the Harvard Business Review, "companies often fail to address the tough questions ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Human Interest
    Monday, October 01, 2018
    They say hindsight is 20-20. If you only would have known. As a business owner, you may already have a few things you wish you knew. Would you have hired that one person? Perhaps you would have started your company sooner. While it is important to look back, reflect and learn from these decisions, it is also important to realize that, when you are at the end of your business ownership, your ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Business Blog, Community
    Monday, September 17, 2018
    This is a topic no one wants to talk about--how to handle a business disaster.   No matter what the cause of the business disaster, having a plan in place can mitigate the damage to your business and your business reputation. If you don’t have one, you need to set aside the uncomfortable feelings and get things in order.   6 Steps for an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan for Business Years ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education
    Monday, September 10, 2018
    Do you have an SEO strategy? Maybe not. But you likely know that SEO is an important part of your business getting seen on the internet.   Things change often with search engines so it’s good to have an agency, guru, or SEO expert at close hand. If you can’t afford one of those things for your business, you’ll have to do it on your own and stay abreast of all of the changes. One of those changes ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Fun Facts, Business Blog, Community
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018
    Moving to better protect taxpayer data, the Internal Revenue Service announced a new format for individual tax transcripts that will redact personally identifiable information from the Form 1040 series. Check out the following links regarding the IRS News Releases:IR-2018-171:  IRS to introduce new tax transcript to better protect taxpayer data - ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article
    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    Being a business owner has its rewards and its challenges. If you’ve been in business longer than a hot second, you’ve likely experienced both. Often the freedoms override the dissatisfaction, but if you find that the negatives are wearing on you, don’t get discouraged. The earlier you recognize the most common challenges of business ownership, the more likely you’ll be able to take them in ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Education, Community, General News Article
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